I've promised. I've teased. I've dropped hints, and a few sneak peaks. And here, finally, is the first of two posts on our magical honeymoon in French Polynesia. Doug and I brainstormed where we might like to spend our honeymoon, and there were so many compelling possibilities. We identified that we were hoping to truly relax and unwind on a remote beach, rather than sightseeing or exploring. We wanted to avoid hurricane season in the Caribbean, since our honeymoon immeddiately followed our wedding in September, and to steer clear of anywhere with active Zika transmission (better safe than sorry).
French Polynesia fit all of those hopes without requiring undue travel. These beautiful islands are accessible via the international airport in Tahiti, which is about an eight hour flight from Los Angeles while similar destinations elsewhere would have required significantly longer flights. I shared here how we spent a 36 hours in LA en route to our honeymoon, which was a memorable part of our honeymoon in its own right. We visited three islands: Bora Bora, Moorea and (ever so briefly) Tahiti. I'm sharing Moorea and Tahiti first, which is the reverse order that we visited them.
Read on for more about Moorea and Tahiti, and stay tuned next week for Bora Bora!
Above and below are the views from our beach bungalow in Moorea (also seen here). We ate breakfast out on the covered deck most mornings, and spent lazy afternoons lounging, reading, and enjoying the luxury of unplugging with no agenda.
My honeymoon packing inspiration post was pulled directly from the shopping (read: obsessing and internet sale stalking) that I did for my honeymoon wardrobe, including the Eugenia Kim hat and Ancient Greek sandals in the above photo. It may be hard to tell in this photo but I'll probably never be this tan again!
While Bora Bora is known for its stunning lagoon, Moorea is known for its lush, enchanting island. I kept remarking to Doug that I felt like we discovered the Great Valley from The Land Before Time. A ring of volcanic peaks surrounds a green valley filled with pinneaple fields.
It looks like a green screen, no?
Drinking the local Tahitian beer at our favorite lunch spot, also pictured below. The abundance of freshly-caught seafood and tropical fruit was a winning combination.
The boat dock (above) where we departed for a snorkeling excursion with sharks, rays, and humpback whales, the latter of which were in French Polynesia during their migratory breeding season. We were impressed by the professionalism and the deep heart for nature conservation shown by our guides. Being in the water with those beautiful animals was an experience we will carry with us.
Sunlight streaming through the clouds as we departed Moorea by ferry for Tahiti, and our last night in paradise.